ADventure Motorcycle Boots Guide

Best Adventure Motorcycle Boots

Designed for comfort and protection on the trail

Your Old Boots

Pair of boots

Your Old Boots

Price:  Find the receipt

Protection: Slightly better than your normal shoes

Waterproof: Probably not

Your Old Boots

Protection
1%
Walkability
100%
Waterproof
0%

About

Your old boots.  They’re rugged, dependable and comfortable to walk in, no wonder you want to wear them on your bike! They might offer more protection than your normal trainers and cover your ankle, but don’t let that lull you into a false sense of security. 

Quite simply they’re not designed for serious motorcycle riding and lack many of the protective elements you will find in a motorcycle boot. Foot support is minimal and there is no ankle protection, shank in the sole or shin guard to guard against impacts.  If there is a steel toe box in place, it could bend in a crash and cut into your toes. 

For offroad situations, you will need more protection, first from the weather but also against rocks, roots and your own bike in case of a fall. If standing on the footpegs, you will also want more support in order to control the bike with your legs.

For going to the local shop, maybe. For serious off-road riding, pass. Although If you never crash, you’ll never need the protection real adventure motorcycle boots provides…

BEST Adventure Motorcycle Boots

Forma Adventure Low Boots

Protection
30%
Walkability
90%
Waterproof
80%

About

The Forma Adventure Low is the little brother to one of the most popular adventure motorcycle boots on the market, the Forma Adventure.  It is essentially a shorter version of the former, being cut off above the ankle rather than at the shin.  This makes the boot very easy to walk in and get around off the bike, the tradeoff is lack of protection at the shins in case of errant rocks or branches and less support for standing on the footpegs. 

The main construction is full-grain oiled leather, which is both abrasion resistant and eye-catching. However built inside the boot there is a waterproof membrane to keep water away during rain or crossing puddles, an important feature in an adventure boot. In terms of impact protection, you will find a heel and toe box, malleolus ankle protectors made out of moulded TPU as well as a steel shank bonded to a nylon sole to prevent the shoe bending on impact. 

Two ratchet-style buckles create a tight fit around your foot and provide much more security than conventional laces found on a non-motorcycle boot. A rubber shifter pad can be found on both sides of the boot (for symmetry) and prevents wear and tear to the leather from the gear shifter on your motorcycle.

In sum, the Forma Adventure Low features all the basics in terms of protection you would expect to find on a adventure motorcycle boot with a waterproof membrane to provide additional protection against the elements.  If decent protection and being able to walk off the bike unencumbered is a priority for you, this is the boot for you. For more serious adventures you might want to consider more protection or moving up to the full height version.

Forma Adventure Low Boots

Forma Adventure Low adventure motorcycle boots

Forma Adventure Low BootS

Price:  $240- £170

Protection: Ankle and heal protection, inner and outer Malleolus

Waterproof: Drytex – Non-Goretex waterproof liner

Forma Adventure Boots

Forma Adventure motorcycle boots

Forma Adventure Boots

Price:  $280 – £195

Protection: Ankle and heal protection, Shin guard, Inner and outer Malleolus

Waterproof: Drytex waterproof liner

Forma Adventure Boots

Protection
40%
Walkability
80%
Waterproof
80%

About

The Forma Adventure boots are one of the most popular adventure motorcycle boots designed specifically for dual-sport riding.  The main reason for this is that Forma Adventure is that it provides excellent mobility and comfort coupled with decent protection, which makes it work both on and off the bike.  

It features the same full-grain leather construction as its smaller brother the Adventure Low but is a full-length boot incorporating a shin-guard, an important feature when riding technical terrain with rocks and branches creating potential danger.  The additional length with its third buckle creates better support when standing on the pegs, reducing fatigue and which makes this boot better at off-road riding for extended periods. 

The remainder of the protection package is unchanged, with the rubber anti-slip sole incorporating a nylon sole with steel shank, the ankle featuring moulded TPU inserts to protect against impact, and as you’d expect a heel and toe box to guard the front and back of the foot. The Drytex waterproof membrane is not top of the line, as with Gore-tex, but does provide decent protection against rain or for crossing the occasional puddle in wet conditions.

To note however the excellent walkability and comfort of the Forma Adventure boots does come with some compromise in protection, the footbed is still quite flexible and the boot isn’t particularly stiff, which means there is less protection against ankle torsion in case of a fall. 

The Forma Adventure boots do however tick many of the boxes for a great adventure motorcycle boot and are a good compromise between protection and the ability to move off the bike, the reason behind its success.

TCX Drifter Boots

Protection
50%
Walkability
70%
Waterproof
80%

About

With its vintage-inspired design and full-grain leather construction, the TCX Drifter’s certainly are eye-catching. However, looks can be deceiving as there is actually quite a lot of thought and protection baked into these adventure motorcycle boots. 

Protection comes in the form of TCX’s Comfort Fit System where the ankle protection is moulded from an anatomical replica of a foot, creating excellent support in the ankle area and makes it less likely for ankle torsion injuries to happen. The sides of the boots are therefore stiffer than a conventional boot but do not impede movement, making walking medium distances possible with these boots.

The lug sole with its deep indentations creates very good grip off the bike and comes in very handy on loose or slippery surfaces and whilst it may look stitched, the sole is actually glued on, which means it can easily be replaced after heavy use. The buckles are aluminium which makes them hard-wearing and easy to use and the suede heat shield on the inside is designed to protect your calves from the heat of the bike. A waterproof membrane completes the package and ensures your feet will remain dry in case of adverse weather or water crossing on the bike. 

The TCX Drifter’s are not a motocross boot but there is definitely enough protection for trail riding and adventure touring and the CFS system makes it a step up from the Forma Adventures. One consideration though is the leather construction of the boot which whilst pleasant to look at, will pick up dirt, scuffs and burn marks if you get them too close to your exhaust pipes or engine, some leather conditioner will sort this out though and make them look brand new again.

If you’re riding a scrambler, old school dual-sport or want to ride in style, the TCX Drifter’s are certainly worth a look thanks to its decent protection and great looks.

TCX Drifter BootS

TCX Drifter motorcycle boots

TCX Drifter Boots

Price:  $300 – £250

Protection: Toe box, Heel protection, Shin guard,  TCX Comfort Fit System

Waterproof: TCX Waterproof liner

Sidi Adventure 2 Boots

Sidi Adventure 2 motorcycle boots

Sidi Adventure 2 Boots

Price:  $495 – £275

Protection: Hinged Ankle mechanism, Shin guard, toe box

Waterproof: GORE-TEX waterproof liner

Sidi Adventure 2 Boots

Protection
70%
Walkability
75%
Waterproof
99%

About

The Sidi Adventure 2 stands in a league of its own in the adventure motorcycle boots market, it represents a near-perfect crossover between an adventure boot and a full motocross boot which makes it very desirable option when protection against impacts as well as the weather is critical.

The synthetic leather construction provides excellent durability and breathability compared to standard leather, and the boot is reinforced with external TPU plastic panels in the heel, ankle and shin area to protect against impacts and scratches. The Sidi adventure is kept secure by two heavy-duty aluminium buckles and is fastened at the top of the boot using a velcro strap.

The Sidi Adventure 2 also feature a full-length waterproof liner that goes right to the top off the boot which is made of Gore-Tex and provides the highest amount of water protection and breathability available on the market and is also guaranteed for life. One of the best features of the Sidi Adventure boots however, is the fully hinged ankle mechanism which provides great mobility on and off the bike and is also designed to guard against frontal, rear and lateral ankle torsion, making it one the most protective boots in its category.  

All these features make the Sidi Adventure 2 an extremely versatile adventure motorcycle boot capable of tackling any situation you throw at it whilst still being usable off the bike if needed.

If waterproofness and protection are the two key components you are looking for in an adventure boot, the Sidi Adventure boots perform to the highest standard. If more protection is required then you will have to look at a full-blown Enduro/Motocross boot at the sacrifice of the waterproof liner. Sadly, there are currently no MX boots on the market that offer an integrated waterproof liner, some technical riders get around this by using waterproof socks such as Sealskinz.

BEST Enduro Adventure motorcycle boots

Forma - Terrain Boots

Protection
95%
Walkability
30%
Waterproof
1%

About

Motocross boots are designed to provide high levels of protection to the rider, usually against high-speed tumbles or impacts, however, the high level of protection makes these desirable for adventure riders who want maximum coverage in remote location or in technical terrain with heavy bikes.

The Forma Terrain is an entry-level offering from the Treviso-based Italian company, however, what makes this motocross-style boot stand out and particularly interesting for adventure riders is the fully hinged ankle mechanism.

The hinge mechanism makes this boot special because it is perfect for adventure riders that require mobility once off the bike but also ensures a great amount of protection on the bike. The mechanical pivots give greater control when braking or controlling the bike but also serves to prevent lateral ankle flex which is an important safety feature when riding offroad where a tumble might not be too far off. 

To complement the protection package, the lower part of the boot is fully encased in injection moulded plastic which coupled with the stiff welt sole construction serves to protect the foot against frontal and lateral impacts.

To create a secure fit the Forma Terrain features four aluminium ratchet-style buckles which are also pivot mounted to increase adjustability. Generous padding on the inside of the boot ensures a comfortable fit and the slim design at the heel and ankles creates large amounts of support for standing on the pegs in offroad situations.  

With well thought out protection and the mechanical ankle hinge providing greater mobility, the Forma Terrain are a worthy consideration as an entry-level adventure motorcycle boot, if protection is a key component of your adventure ride.

Forma Terrain Boots

Forma Terrain TX motorcycle boots

Forma Terrain Boots

Price:  $280 – £210

Protection: Fully encased lower foot protection, hinged ankle mechanism, shin guard

Waterproof: No

 

Sidi - Crossfire 3 Boots

Sidi Crossfire motorcycle boots

Sidi Crossfire 3 Boots

Price:  $595 – £380

Protection: Fully encased TPU lower foot protection, limited motion hinged ankle mechanism, shin guard

Waterproof: No

Sidi Crossfire 3 Boots

Protection
100%
Walkability
30%
Waterproof
1%

About

If nothing but the best protection will do then the Sidi Crossfire 3 could be you. This boot was designed to be one of the protective adventure motorcycle boots on the market, with no compromise, hardcore riding as its focus.

Nothing has been omitted in the design of the Crossfire 3’s. A full thermoplastic TPU construction integrated across the boot create a rigid protective casing around the base of the foot to guarantee protection against the hardest hits. In order to ensure the boot remains flexible an integrated dual-sided mechanical hinge allows for full control on and off the bike and incorporates a built in limiter to prevent against hyperextension and hyperflexion.

To further reinforce the protective qualities of the Crossfire 3’s Sidi have used a welt sole construction with a nylon inner sole instead of a steel shank to protect against frontal and lateral impacts. The boot also features fully replaceable components, kept in place with simple screws to extend the life of the boot after years of hard use.

The inner calf upper is adjustable to suit your calf size and three sets of aluminium buckles ensure the best fit possible for your feet. The only downside is the lack of waterproof liner as with the Sidi Adventure, however many riders remedy this by wearing waterproof socks instead.

If you’re a proponent of ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time), which means riding at all times with the most protective gear available or are looking at some serious technical riding the Crossfire 3 are at the top of their league when it comes to lower limb protection in the adventure motorcycle boots market.

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